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Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Phillip Noyce to direct Mixed Blood. Samuel L Jackson to play Disaster Zondi

Once Phillip Noyce has finished Salt with Angeline Jolie it looks as if he will go on to direct the thriller Mixed Blood, which has Samuel Jackson on board to play a key co-starring role.

Based on Roger Smith's novel of the same name the tale is set in South Africa and centers on an American fugitive trying to protect his family who's drawn into a world of murderers, kidnappers and corrupt cops.

Jackson would play a good detective who goes by the moniker of Disaster Zondi. Kelly Masterson, who penned "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead," is writing the adaptation.

Reluctant bank robber Jack Burn is on the run after a heist in the United States that left $3 million missing and one cop dead. Hiding out in Cape Town, South Africa, he is desperate to build a new life for his pregnant wife and young son. But on a tranquil evening in their new suburban neighbourhood they are the victims of a random gangland assault that changes everything. Benny Mongrel, an ex-con night watchman guarding a building site next to Burn's home, is another man desperate to escape his past. After years in the ghetto gangs of Cape Town he knows who went into Burn's house, and what the American did to them. He also knows his only chance to save his own brown skin is to forget what he saw.Burn's actions on that night trap them both in a cat-and-mouse game with Rudi 'Gatsby' Barnard - a corrupt Afrikaner cop who loves killing almost as much as he loves Jesus Christ and Disaster Zondi, a fastidious Zulu detective who wishes to settle an old score. Once Gatsby smells those missing American millions, the four men are drawn into a web of murder and vengeance that builds to an unforgettable conclusion.

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